The definition of cloud computing is computer system resources and services that are available over an internet connection and these services are subscribed to and charged based on consumption.
Cloud computing gives a business on-demand IT infrastructure that can easily be deployed and expanded to grow along with the business without having to invest large amounts of money in server and networking equipment or IT staff and expertise.
The headaches and cost of purchasing and managing your own IT infrastructure, which are prone to hardware failures and power outages, equals loss in productivity and ultimately profits for the business in this online world where every minute of downtime has a great amount of impact. In the same way a business should not have to build their own datacentre to host their system, the cloud is readily available to use these services and you pay only for what is consumed.
In fact, to achieve the same level of availability, security and scalability of the cloud, a business would have to spend millions. Microsoft invest over a billion dollars a year on cyber security and research alone with a team of more than 3,500 global cyber security experts to help safeguard your business assets and data in Azure and Office 365. This is in addition to the billions invested in their global datacentres currently in 56 regions, which provide a 99.99% up time guarantee.
Azure and Office 365 have more than 90 compliance certifications specific to global regions and countries and covering the needs of key industries. With an uncompromising commitment to privacy you own your own data which will never be used for marketing or advertising purposes so you can feel confident where your data is stored and secured.
These benefits are reflected through their cloud platform where subscribers can take advantage of all the features without the huge capital investment. As a result of this, smaller companies can also get access to the same technology and level of security as larger enterprises without the high costs, such as 95% of Fortune 500 companies that run their business on Azure.